One thing I want to point out… Not everything I’m talking about applies to all Messianic Jewish synagogues. In many cases it’s nearly an across the board statement. However, there are many “Grace oriented” Messianic congregations across the country. But there are many more law-oriented.
And that’s where we’re at now with many Messianics. The Law raises its head.
Ha’Torah Ha’Moshe Rabbeinu – the Law of Moses. Now, you’ll get Messianics of every type at this point, ranging from free Grace all the way to strict Torah Observance – Glatt Kosher or CHK Kosher, Tefillin, Kippah, Tallis Katan, etc.
The problem actually stems from adding Shabbos, and justifying the Sabbath. And don’t worry, we’re not done with the issue of Bible translations – you’ll see that deliberately mistranslating the Bible plays a key part of the doctrine.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Colossians 2:16 (KJV)
Therefore, let no one judge you [Goyim] in eating and in drinking or in respect to a yom tov (yontev) or a rosh chodesh or Shabbos; (Col 2:16 OJB)
You see there’s several added words that give a clue as to how Messianics turn this verse upside down…
The Messianiic sees this verse as saying, “Don’t let Gentiles tell you not to keep the holidays or Shabbos, or not to keep kosher.” And reading the paraphrase as given in the Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB Copyright © 1999-2002 by AFI International) as paraphrased by Philip Goble, it does seem to be saying that. Well, okay… if I shouldn’t have to answer to them about my keeping kosher and the Shabbos and Yontiff (the holidays), then maybe I’m SUPPOSED to be keeping the law! Wow, I have it all wrong!
Well, no… that’s not what it means. Several words were interspaced into the text, in violation of Revelation 22:18…
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: Revelation 22:18 (KJV)
That’s a little scary. I’m not doing it.
As a quick little point to Mr. Goble, Yontev should be spelled Yontiff. But maybe it’s pronounced different among Poilisher or Deutscher Yudn – I only know how Litvaki and Galitzianer Yudn pronounce it.
For those not familiar with the Yiddish, “Yudn” is Jews. “Deutscher” is Ashkenazi Jews who come from Germany. Galitzianers are from a place that no longer exists, a country called Prussia, now divided between Germany and Poland, thanks to World War I. And Litvaki are Lithuanian Jews.
There’s going to be an awful lot of Yiddish and Hebrew, I’m sad to say – so many Messianics will insist that you use it as well, because it fits into their Reconstructionist doctrines.
We’ll get a little bit into what that means. Trust me, the concept of words having a preset meaning goes right out the window with Messianics – thanks to the pioneering work of Eugene Nida who suggested years ago that words are containers whose meaning can be changed. He’s the genius who brought us the NIV mis-translation, which has so mistranslated the word of God as to be considered the worst heresy among modern Bibles by King James Only adherents.
So… let’s read Colossians 2. The Whole chapter. this way we can see what the real meaning to the text really is.
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Colossians 2:1-23 (KJV)
The idea is – you’re born again. The curse of sin was lifted from you, and no longer applies. You’ve put on Christ by the new birth, and are born again, citizens of heaven. Since you’re born again, you do not have to answer to people about the things of the law, becuase they were only a shadow of things to come. Don’t be fooled into worshipping angels. If you’re born again (verse 20), why are you subjecting yourselves to ordinances after the commandments and doctrines of men (verses 20 & 21).
Everyone sees that, right? I’ll re-paste it…
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Colossians 2:20-22 (KJV)
That most definitely shows that Goble’s paraphrase is literally saying the exact opposite of the meaning intended in the Bible. God says this, Goble says the opposite. i’m not faulting Mr. Goble – I think he’s in a quandry, caught between the issue of Torah Observance and the Word of God. You end up having to fold, spindle and mutilate select verses in order to make the passage
The issue facing Colossians and Galatians (and yes, we’re going to have to go verse by verse through Galatians to show that Messianics totally corrupt the word of God to assuage their consciences about Torah Observance…) was that there was a group going around who couldn’t get past the former requirements of Judaism. I mean, they were from God! They HAD to be still in force!!!
The Messianic jumps in right now and interjects, “They ARE, you idiot!!!”
And here’s where I suprise everyone and agree with the Messianic. For the Jew, the Torah is still in effect. They are required to keep the Torah, and keep it perfectly, not breaking it once, as long as they live, or they will spend an eternity in Hell.
You’re right, it is. Keeping the Torah cannot save you. The Torah is designed to bring you to a point where you realize you cannot save yourself. Who can save you? Only God. And that’s where faith comes in. Faith in Jesus Christ, as there is NO OTHER WAY to heaven other than Jesus Christ. We are not saved by keeping the Torah. We are not saved by denying ourselves pork, rabbit, shellfish, etc. We are not saved by using kleenexes instead of toilet paper on Shabbos.
We are saved ONLY by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s it. The Law is our tutor, teaching us that only God can save us. Once we learn this, it has served its purpose, and is done. IT serves other purposes, teaching us about Jesus Christ, and about separation, and salvation….
That’s it. So if you’re born again, why would you voluntarily return to a keeping of ordinances that were blottted out on the Cross?
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Ephesians 2:15 (KJV)
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Colossians 2:14 (KJV)
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. Hebrews 9:10 (KJV)
The function of the law, as Galatians explains, is to teach that we must rely upon Jesus Christ. There you go. Bottom line. Done. If you believe, the law is done. Passed. Vanished away. Blotted out. Finito. I don’t know how many times I have to keep saying it, P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sidney Australia! It’s DONE.
And I have the writings of Colossians 2, Galatians, Hebrews 9, and several chapters of Romans behind me. I stand on the word of God, as it’s written, without having to use a special paraphrase, or searching for heretical interlinears I can loosely translate from, with an insufficient grasp of Hebrew or Greek to do so.
Coming up tomorrow… well, more of the same.